Sep 02, 2020

New Occupation List announced

The Australian Government has announced today a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) to support Australia’s economic recovery after covid-19.

The new list, that includes 17 different occupations, allows small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia to fill urgent skills needs in critical sectors.

Offshore visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a PMSOL occupation now can request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions but will be subject to a strict 14 days quarantine on arrival at their own expense.

The list would be also complemented by strengthened labour market testing requirements. Employers looking to nominate applicants in an occupation on the PMSOL list will also need to advertise their vacancy on the Government’s jobactive website in addition to the current requirements of two national advertisements.

The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • 111111: Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • 133111: Construction Project Manager
  • 233512: Mechanical Engineer
  • 253111: General Practitioner
  • 253112: Resident Medical Officer
  • 253411: Psychiatrist
  • 253999: Medical Practitioner nec
  • 254111: Midwife
  • 254412: Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • 254415: Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • 254418: Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • 254422: Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • 254423: Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • 254499: Registered Nurses nec
  • 261312: Developer Programmer
  • 261313: Software Engineer
  • 312911: Maintenance Planner

Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.


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